Our Make It Market Mini Kits are designed for those who love the idea of Betsy Veldman's popular kits, but are a bit more budget conscious.  As another perk, these new kits will NOT be limited edition, they will be a regular item carried in our store.  These will be released throughout the year randomly, not on a set schedule, so it will be a surprise each month as to whether or not there will be a new one to collect! Now a little bit more of the Make It Market Mini Kit being released this month, Holiday Hugs!


Holiday Hugs is a fun new mini kit and offers so many possibilities. The kit itself contains all of the bits and pieces needed to turn this into a festive santa and snowman. The arms of the characters can be wrapped around a gift card, or candy, mason jar (wide mouth or standard), the new Post & Parcel Gift Envelope, pencils, etc, or just used to cover a sentiment stamped on the tag.  They can also be wrapped around the new Kraft Window Tubes we are carrying (available for sale separately).  For fun design options and pops of color, there is a stencil that can add patterns to the clothing/accessories that the characters are wearing! The kit includes, stamps, dies, the stencil and even a collection of pre-printed characters that can be die-cut when you're pressed for time.
Holiday Hugs Mini Kit contains:
  • Holiday Hugs stamp set & index label
  • Holiday Hugs die collection
  • Holiday Hugs stencil (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")
  • Holiday Hugs paper collection (9 sheets, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2")

Here is a closer look at each of the individual items in this kit!


The Holiday Hugs stamp set contains some great basics for creating the characters themselves, as well as fun tags and labels to go along with your special packaged treats.


Betsy created a die collection to coordinate with the stamps, many of the dies also coordinate with images found on the papers.  Betsy included outlines on the sheets so you can easily place the dies on top and run through your die-cutting machine for perfect cuts every time.

This kit includes a total of 17 dies:

  • Mustache:  5/8" x 1 11/16"
  • Hugs:  1 5/16" x 2 1/8"
  • From:  11/16" x 1 1/4"
  • Large Circle:  2 3/16" x 2 3/16"
  • Holly Leaf:  5/8" x 7/8"
  • Snowflake:  7/8" x 13/16"
  • Pom-Pom:  11/16" x 11/16"
  • Beard:  1 1/12" x 2 1/2"
  • Mittens:  1 1/4" x 1"
  • Star:  7/16" x 7/16"
  • Small Circles:  7/16" x 7/16"
  • Heart:  7/16" x 3/8"
  • To:  11/16" x 3/4"
  • Berries:  11/16" x 11/16"
  • Hat Band:  1" x 2 1/8"
  • Nose:  3/16" x 1/2"
  • Hat:  1 7/8" x 2 3/4"


To go along with her stamp set and dies, Betsy has designed a paper collection that draws from the images found in the stamp set and stencils.  The detail is just awesome!  The Holiday Hugs paper collection contains 9 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") sheets, 1 sheet each of 9 designs and it is printed on our signature white linen paper. Coordinates with the following colors -



For fun design options and pops of color, this stencil can be used to add patterns to the clothing/accessories that the characters are wearing! As you know, stencils are so quick and easy to use, so you will be able to create an entire wardrobe for your Holiday Hugs characters in no time at all! The stencil measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" total.

All of the items in the Holiday Hugs Kit are exclusive to this kit and will not be available for sale separately, except for the paper (see details below).  The price breakdown of each item is included to help you see the value in this amazing kit!

Holiday Hugs Mini Kit contains:
  • Holiday Hugs stamp set & index label ($15)
  • Holiday Hugs die collection ($15)
  • Holiday Hugs stencil, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" ($2.50)
  • Holiday Hugs paper collection, 9 A2 sheets ($2.50)

The total retail cost of this kit is $35.  

NOTE: We will also be selling a Holiday Hugs refill paper collection for this kit as a separate item.  It will include 2 sheets each of the 9 designs, for a total of 18 sheets.  This refill paper collection will retail for $5 and will be available for sale on release night.



The main base for the characters is a tag shape (Tag Sale: Huggable) which will be sold separately because Betsy has already been brainstorming about more characters to come for other holidays!  This tag serves is a universal base to build your characters. As an added bonus, it's large enough to hold a gift card!

The Details: 

  • Tag Sale: Huggable will be available for purchase on October15th.
  • It will retail for $11.
  • Tag Sale: Huggable contains a total of 3 dies and they measure: Tag base (2-5/8” x 5-1/8”), arms (2-1/8” x 1-1/4”)


Kraft Window Tubes

These new Kraft Window Tubes are just the thing to pair up with the Holiday Hugs kit, and more. The interior is wax lined, so any residue or oils from foods you may place inside will not soak through the tube. Coming in at a little over 6" tall, these are a great size to hold all sorts of things, even small gifts.

The Details: 

  • Kraft Window Tubes will be available for purchase on October 15th.
  • A set of 4 tubes will retail for $3.
  • These ship/store flat and are easy to assemble. 
  • Each tube measures about 2-1/2" diameter and a little over 6" tall.



Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!



 Amy says, "I love taking small, inexpensive candy and other items and transforming them into unique and memorable gifts with stamps, dies, and paper. The more mass producible, the better! Betsy's Holiday Hugs kit is a dream. I'll take a hug from one of these cute little fellas any day!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Amy Sheffer.



Ashley says, "The latest Make It Market Mini Kit: Holiday Hugs is nothing short of amazing! You can create so many different holiday projects with the kit, including cards, tags, gift card holders, and an array of huggable gift items. I created a gift wrap using a new cardboard container filled with a packaged treat. This is a quick and easy project that will make you look like a rockstar! Come check out my snowman filled with happiness."

CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.



Betsy says, "Who doesn't love a good hug?  These cute holiday characters can wrap their arms around all sorts of different treats and gifts — from mason jars to gift cards, candy, and more.  Stop by my blog to see just a few of these possibilities!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.



Danielle says, "This mini kit is such a clever way to wrap your gift giving for the holidays or for winter birthdays and other occasions! There are so many ways to dress these adorable Santas and snowmen and to use them to jazz up your gift giving. You can make a ton of these with the pre-made papers in the kit or make your own pieces as well with the stamps and dies. I've used my snowman as a wrap for a burlap bag and love how he turned out, so I hope you'll stop by to read more!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Danielle Flanders.



Heather says, "What could be cuter than a festive holiday treat for your friends and loved ones all wrapped up in a hug? I can't wait to share this cute Santa and who I am hanging out with this weekend… stop by my blog for more!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.



Kay says, "You need a quick gift to take to your hostess or co worker and you don’t have a bag or gift wrap available, you can just wrap it in a hug with these adorable new “huggers” in Betsy’s Make it Market Mini Kit: Holiday Hugs. There’s a santa and a snowman, and they are so cute wrapped around candy, gift cards, bottles or small packages! A quick and easy way to make any gift festive and fun!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Kay Miller.



Laurie says, "Today's Make it Market Mini Kit is oh so cute and makes for a super easy gift! These little guys can hug just about any gift you can think of. Stop by my blog see this adorable snowman and also see who I've been hanging out with this weekend."

CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Willison.



Lizzie says, "I'm always looking for fabulous new ways to dress up treat packages and gift cards. Betsy's new Make It Market Mini Kit is a super charming option for doing just that! I can see Santa Claus and Frosty bringing festive cheer to my friends all through the holiday season, can't you? Stop by to see how I've used this great new kit to make a simple pillow box truly shine on today's post!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.



Melissa says, "The new Make it Market Mini Kit:  Holiday Hugs, is certainly huggable and lovable.  I have never seen such adorable gift packaging and I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what this sweet kit can do.  From cards to tags to wraps of all sorts….this kit is a must have!”

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Phillips.


I hope you have enjoyed all these amazing creations that both the team and I have shared with you today!  What are your first impressions of Holiday Hugs? What types of gift items do you think you will pair up with it? Which character is your favorite, the Santa or the Snowman?  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!


$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am ET, October 15th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our October Release Winners Page before noon ET the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!

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